Despite its reputation of excellent Michelin-worthy food and fantastic service, the last year has seen the under-financed restaurant struggle.
Grenache received an entry in the Good Food Guide four times in a row, including the 2013 listing of “Best Restaurant in the Northwest” and all that’s before the restaurant received 2 AA Rosettes. This made it one of the most famous restaurants in the north Manchester area, and despite its location in the suburbs of Gtr Manchester.
Known for its themed tasting evenings and ‘northern fine dining portions’, Michelin-trained chef Mike Jennings combined the best of regional ingredients with proven classical techniques. Always exciting and innovative without indulging in experimental forays into the latest culinary trends.
The service to the customer was praised to the skies, and the prices were very reasonable.
It’s not the level of quality that has seen the demise of the well-loved restaurant fall. It’s the breakdown of equipment and the sheer amount of work needed to repair the slowly diminishing building.
“Tonight, I am sharing some sad news. As of Sunday evening, Grenache restaurant is no more.” Announced proprietor head chef, Mike Jennings.
Blatantly heartbroken by the tough but inevitable decision, he continued: “We have out grown the building with our concept and without some serious investment it was impossible for us to continue. I would like to thank all the customers and staff for all their support but most of all Karen Deveney (his wife and front of house) for sticking by me through everything. Devastated to say the least.”
Needless to say they’re looking for serious investors to inject around £300k into the business to either restore the current premises or set-up a city centre unit.
Will somebody invest? Please. Suited to a busy lover of fine food and good judge of character.
The closure is a shame for Manchester food & drink scene and a tragedy for the town of Walkden. We cross our fingers and toes for a speedy resurgence.